Brands Hatch: Team Ireland race report

A disappointed A1 Team Ireland finish 13th at Brands Hatch Brands Hatch, 29 April 2007; In this mornings Sprint race A1 Team Ireland started from the sixth row of the grid, and gained two places at the first corner with Richard Lyons effectively...

A disappointed A1 Team Ireland finish 13th at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch, 29 April 2007; In this mornings Sprint race A1 Team Ireland started from the sixth row of the grid, and gained two places at the first corner with Richard Lyons effectively negotiating his way through the traffic. Lyons produced consistently competitive times, and gained two more places when Team Switzerland and Team RSA collided resulting in an 8th place start for the feature race.

An excellent start to the feature race saw Richard take up 6th place early on, but progress was slowed when the safety car came out due to a heavy crash into the tyre wall for Team Australia. The pace was resumed with Richard attacking the front runners, just as the team were preparing for their pit stop the safety car was deployed. As many of the leading runners had already pitted prior to the safety car period, the team were left leading the race but knowing they would lose this advantage when the pit stop came. The Team Ireland mechanics did their usual fantastic job and secured equal first fastest pit stop time. This unfortunate turn of events resulted in the car re-joining the race in 16th position, with Richard finally securing 13th as he took the chequered flag. Despite disappointments, it was exciting for the teams 300 hospitality guests to see the vibrant colours of A1 Team Ireland at the front of the pack for a few laps, a sight that we hope will soon be repeated.

Richard Lyons; Qualified 12th, 2m28.899s on Aggregate; "I am very disappointed with the outcome of the race because we had so many supporters of A1 Team Ireland here with us today in Brands Hatch. The car was showing great promise from the first few laps of the race, and I felt that we could have hoped of achieving our goal for a podium finish if the pit timing had been right. Despite our difficulties today, I will look forward to racing for Team Ireland in the 07/08 season as I feel that I have unfinished business here."

Gary Anderson, Technical Director; "We are all disappointed with this result as Richard was driving well despite the car still struggling with understeer. We were unfortunate with the timing of our pit stop as the safety car came out two and a half seconds before our intended pit time. We then had to wait until it went back in again, and made the decision for Richard to push the car until the end of the pit session to try and put as much time between us and the other drivers."

Mark Gallagher, Team Principal; "The entire team did a fabulous job today an Richard drove very well to secure 8th position in the sprint race and move straight to 6th at the start of the feature. It was the worst possible luck that the pit lane closed at precisely the time we were due to make our pit-stop and after that we had no alternative but to stay out. It was nice to see the car at the front for a few laps and that motivates us to see that again next season as we continue our battle to see Ireland win in the World Cup of Motorsport."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Richard Lyons , Gary Anderson